A partially sighted 10-year-old girl from Sale had her dreams come true this weekend as she was mascot for Manchester City’s Community Shield match.
Alex Leonard walked her heroes onto the pitch against Chelsea in what was a momentous day for her whole family – as her grandfather once played for City and met her grandmother there.
The young City fanatic, who has the eye condition albinism, was put forward to be mascot by Action for Blind People after being awarded the charity’s Actionnaires Member of the Year award.
Peter Holton, from Action for Blind People, said: “Alex shows grit and determination every week.
“Her confidence has been transformed and she’s now a role model, not only for the younger members of Manchester Actionnaires, but also to adults, proving through self-belief and determination that anyone can achieve their goals and make the most of life.”
One feat that got the young fan noticed was when Alex succeeded in making her way to the top of a 40ft climbing wall in Stockport.
She walked out with the Blues at Villa Park alongside her favourite player – City and England star James Milner.